How to get on Disney

The Disney Channel, Disney Broadway Shows, Disney Movies and Disney Theme Parks are all looking for young people to perform.

But I don't have an agent

Having an agent makes things easier because agents get information about auditions that other people wouldn't. An important point here is that Casting Directors obviously build relationships with agents, and the more hits an agent has, the more likely a Casting Director will be to use that agent's actors. There are agents that take everyone and Casting Directors know this. In searching for an agent you have to realize that there are different levels of agents. Some are more respected than others.

But Disney does like new faces. They love to find new talent. Disney is a huge entertainment machine that produces family entertainment. Young people are a big part of the product that they deliver. They are big business. Being big business, they want young people to represent their company well. They want performers with a professional work ethic and professional manners. Divas need not apply.


Take Acting Classes

If you really want to be a part of the Disney family then take acting classes. Get involved in local theatre productions. Get involved in your school play. You have to learn the basic rules of performing, and you have to be comfortable in front of an audience. Taking acting classes and performing in local productions is a great way of building self-confidence. The folks at Disney realize that auditioning can be an intimidating experience, and they will try their best to put you at ease. Here's a little secret. They want you to succeed. They want you to be brilliant. They want you to knock their socks off. Do you know why? Because they want their show to be the best show ever. If you give a brilliant audition, you will help them to succeed.

But how do I get on Disney? Disney has many different auditions for movies, for the Disney Channel, for Broadway and for Theme Parks. I will get to that, but first I will tell you what they want.



What does Disney want? When you go to a Disney audition arrive fifteen minutes early with a headshot and resume. There will be someone there to take them and your information. The audition is closed. No friends and family allowed. They expect you to have sheet music for different types of songs. They would also like a one or two minute comedic monologue. The ability to do improv and to think on your feet is also important to them as they may ask you to change something in your audition. While they look for singing, dancing and acting, the most important talent according to Disney Casting Director Judy Taylor is Acting. For a Disney audition and for in fact any audition, make it easy on the director or casting director to cast you. Be prepared.

The Lion King

Disney's Broadway shows periodically have changes in the csst. While there are no openings at the moment for Mary Poppins, the Lion King is always looking for talented 9-12 year olds. So, if you are a child from 9-12 years old, you can either send a headshot, resume and contact info to
Attention: Casting
New Amsterdam Theatre
Disney Theatrical Group
214 W. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

or
Binder Casting
Attention: The Lion King
321 W. 44th Street Suite 606
New York, NY 10036
Or you can make a you tube video of yourself doing a four minute song and go to Lion King auditions Click on contact us and then fill out the info they ask for including your youtube link which they have a box for.


Want to be in a Disney Movie?

Because movies cost so much money, Disney teams up with other production companies to make Movies. There are parts for principle actors which are speaking roles and there are parts for extras. These are non-speaking roles. Currently Disney is in production with several movies. To find out what these production companies are looking for and the forms and permits you would need go to www.featurefilmcasting.com

Want to be on the Disney Channel

While Disney deals mainly with agents in securing talent there are also openings for non-agented submissions. Judy Taylor is the VP of Casting for the Disney Channeltalks about what Disney is looking for.

You can find Disney Channel auditions at www.filmtelevisionauditions.com

If, after sending in a headshot and resume, you haven't heard from Disney after six months, spend your time wisely by taking acting classes and building your resume in local productions. Singing and dancing classes are also very important for actors. It makes you more employable. Then send in an updated haed shot and resume. Comstantly be building your resume with classes and shows.

Disney Theme Parks

Disney is always looking for fresh talent to work with in their various world-wide theme parks. Being able to sing, dance and act are important attributes for entertainers in Disney's live shows. Theer are Cruise Boats, Revue Shows and Theme Parks which are constantly in need of new talent.

You have to start somewhere. You might have auditioned for Disney films and the Disney Channel and not got anywhere, but it would be smart to try the Disney live entertainment route. Disney often recruits from within. To keep up to date with Theme Park auditions follow Disney on Twitter

You can also search on google for disneyauditions.com

And remember. Always be the best that you can be. Disney won't take any less.


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